State Department's Anne Richard Discusses U.S. Response to Global Refugee Crisis

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Migrants disembark from a government-chartered train that brought them from Bavaria on September 24, 2015 near Berlin in Schoenefeld, Germany. Germany is continuing to accept thousands of new migrants daily, many of them arriving via Austria and the Balkans, and is distributing them to shelters nationwide. Germany authorities are expecting to receive up to one million asylum applicants this year. (Photo bPhoto: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The United States has resettled about 85,000 refugees so far this year, including 12,500 Syrians. That's in comparison to Canada, which has taken in more than 300,000. Meanwhile, immigration has been one of the most contentious issues of this presidential election, with Republican candidate Donald Trump promising the construction of a wall along the Mexican border and his son comparing Syrian refugees to a bowl of candy with a few pieces that "would kill you." Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. Department of State joins us to discuss immigration and the world's growing number of refugees, including unaccompanied children.

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Anne Richard, assistant secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State